E-Books Face Day of Reckoning

“Recent announcements regarding electronic books have breathed fresh life into a seemingly moribund market. But some experts say e-books need to do more than move ink onto digital displays to go mainstream.

“Sony announced on Monday that its Sony Reader will be sold at Borders bookstores for between $300 and $400 and texts will be available for download from the Sony Connect online store this summer.

“But despite their promise, experts warn that electronic books won’t make a mainstream splash until more titles are available, prices drop and they do more than just replace ink and paper with a digital display.

“The news raises a question: Is there suddenly a market for what so far has been a novelty act?”

Elinor Mills. E-books, Has Your Time Come? April 5, 2006.

See also:

Reuters. Harry Potter Publisher Sees Magic In Digital Ink. April 4, 2006.

Candace Lombardi. Borders To Sell Sony Digital Reading Device. April 3, 2006.

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the law, business, and technology of digital content. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

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04/07/2006 at 08:47

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